US Supreme Court Wont’ Hear Post-Escobar FCA Materiality Case

The US Supreme Court allowed a False Claims Act case to continue when it declined, according to a Law 360 article, to consider an appeal of the Sixth Circuit decision. That decision allowed the claim of a relator against the Brookwood Senior Living Communities Inc. to continue. The relator claimed that the company “...

3M Agrees to Settle False Claims Complaint for Defective Earplugs for $9.1 Million

The Department of Justice announced on July 26, 2018, that 3M Company had agreed to pay $9.1 million pursuant to a False Claims Act initiated through the Acts' qui tam, whistleblower, provisions. The False Claims Act was enacted during the administration of Abraham Lincoln. It authorizes claims against any person or co...

Laws that Authorize Rewards to Whistleblowers

The federal government has enacted numerous laws to help disclose government fraud. Since the government can’t be everywhere every hour of the day, it relies on employees, contractors, and every-day citizens to report fraudulent acts that cost the government money. Samples of fraud include overbilling, billing for se...

Walgreens Agrees to Pay $269 Million for Allegations It Overbilled for Different Drugs

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, according to a report by the federal Justice Department agreed, in January 2019, to the huge payout in response to charges it violated the Federal False Claims Act. The settlement, according to Law360, was one of the largest False Claims Act (FCA) settlements by a retail pharmacy in FCA hi...

Department of Justice Announces $13.2 Million Agreement by Universal American Mortgage Company LLC (UAMC) for False Claims Act Allegations

On October 19, 2019, the Department of Justice announced another large settlement of False Claim Act allegations. The essence of the allegations was that the mortgage company falsely certified that it had complied with the mortgage insurance requirements of the Federal Housing Authority – with regards to specific loa...

False Claim Allegations against Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation to Cost $27.45 Million

The US Justice Department (DOJ) announced on November 2, 2018 that a settlement had been reached with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (NGSC). The terms of the settlement are that NGSC will pay $25.8 million to settle charges that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting bills it knew were false. When the set...